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N. Ireland bakery threatened with legal action over refusing gay rights cake

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland that earlier this year refused to make a cake for a local gay rights organization’s event, has been ordered to apologize and pay compensation or face legal action. In July, Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, refused to bake a novelty cake featuring [...]

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Intersex Awareness Day calls attention to an often ignored, misunderstood community

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Today is Intersex Awareness Day, an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex people. It is often the case that the intersex community gets ignored, mis-categorized, or simply misunderstood. Worse still, intersex people are often denied even the basic right to self-definition, information, and [...]

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Investigators: U.S. Army discriminated against civilian transgender worker

Friday, October 24, 2014
Tamara Lusardi
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Army officials discriminated against a transgender employee who underwent a sex change while working at an Alabama installation, restricting her from the women's restroom and using her male name despite her preference to be referred to as a woman, a federal investigation found. [...]

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Wyoming LGBT advocates turn attention to statewide anti-discrimination law

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Fresh off their victory to legalize same-sex marriages in Wyoming, advocates for gay rights are turning their attention to other state laws they say need to be changed. "The work's not over," Jeran Artery, of Wyoming Equality, said. [...]

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Complaint alleges job offer rescinded due to transgender status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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BEND, Ore. -- An Oregon individual who identifies as neither a man nor a woman has filed a sex discrimination complaint against a Wisconsin-based wilderness therapy program claiming they lost out on a job by identifying as transgender. [...]

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Lawsuit alleges New Mexico college student was shunned for anti-gay views

Thursday, October 16, 2014
University of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A former University of New Mexico student can proceed with a free speech lawsuit against the school alleging she was ostracized by her professors for making anti-gay remarks in paper, a federal judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo denied the university's request to [...]

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Houston gay couple kicked out of taxi for kissing, told they’re going to hell

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Travis Player and Andres Orozco
HOUSTON -- Two Houston men are the latest same-sex couple to be kicked out of a taxicab for being affectionate. Travis Player and Andres Orozco tell KTRK-TV they were booted from the cab during a ride home from a local bar. “We thought he was joking until he actually pulled [...]

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North Carolina magistrate refuses to officiate marriages of same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- A state magistrate in Pasquotank County, N.C., could face disciplinary action after refusing to marry two men following the end of North Carolina's gay marriage ban. Magistrate Gary Littleton declined on Monday to perform the couple's civil ceremony, citing his religious views that marriage should be [...]

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Beyond marriage, the battle for LGBT equality marches on

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., take part in a rally on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on October 8, 2014. For many activists, the top priority after marriage is federal legislation that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against LGBT people. There's no such federal law now, and more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
NEW YORK -- Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing [...]

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Mo. Catholic bishop speaks out against Springfield non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Bishop James Johnston
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Missouri bishop said forcing people of faith to recognize same-sex relationships is a form of discrimination and violates their religious freedoms. Bishop James Johnston of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese issued a letter opposing the proposed expansion of Springfield's nondiscrimination ordinance... [...]

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